Celebrating the outstanding achievements of basketball in Victoria, the state’s basketball community last night came together for the annual Basketball Victoria Awards night.
The awards which honored the states best associations, administrators and athlete performances in 2016, were a gentle reminder of the strength and support of basketball here in Victoria as Melbourne United ramps up its preparation for the 2017-18 season.
After returning home just last week, Head Coach Dean Vickerman was among the guests who spoke at the event about his excitement to be back and what lies ahead for the Club.
But the real excitement came in the announcement of Melbourne’s own David Andersen being named the 2016 Alan Hughes medalist – Male Athlete of the Year. The award recognises the outstanding efforts of a male Victorian athlete and has been won by some of the countries finest including Matt Delevedova and Andrew Bogut.
Dave was awarded the medal for his efforts in helping his French side Asvel win a Championship, his outstanding efforts at the Rio Olympics with the Australian Boomers, and his work back home when he returned to the NBL with Melbourne United.
A full rundown of the event and award winners can be found on the Basketball Victoria website.